The 41-year-old man, Garret Hevey, who resides in Shankill Co. Dublin has been charged with deception after urging a man to pay him 52,000 sterling. A second charge against the man is for the alleged possession of nearly €2million in crime proceeds.
The man appeared in Dublin District court last week where Judge Timothy Lucey was residing. Three additional charges were put to him on the day in connection with the one and only investigation.
One of the charges is listed as under the companies act for fraudulent trading along with two other charges of deception.
When the charges were put to the accused he replied “no comment” according to inspector Catharina Gunne.
The proceeds related to a forestry investment company run by the accused.
Mr Hevey is to face trial on indictment, which means he will now appear in the circuit court. He has been ordered to appear in court on June 15th.
The judge also refused the accused bail to go on a holiday, booked prior to the trial.
Inpspector Gunne informed the courts during the trial that Mr Hevey was a director and shareholder of the Arden Forestry Management Ltd company. It is claimed that funds were transferred from company investors outside the country into an AIB account, so it would appear they were investing in a legitimate forestry business. The ‘company’ had real sites, timber certificates and legitimate folios.
As condition of the defendants bail he was ordered to hand his passport over to Gardaí and reside at his home address for the duration of his bail. He was also told he had to be constantly contactable via mobile phone , sign in three times a week at his local Garda station, and he was ordered to not have any contact with any of the alleged injured parties involved in the case.
Another man accused in connection with the same case, David Piele, also stood before the courts. The UK national who currently resides in Wicklow had a separate hearing to that of Mr. Hevey and he faces on charge of deception. His hearing will also take place in June, neither of the defendants have indicated yet as to how they will plea.